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Dutch scholar Johannes Jansen contributed an essay – ‘The Religious Roots of Muslim Violence’ – to a 2011 anthology entitled, ‘Terrorism: Ideology, Law, and Policy’. In it he makes the case that violence and terrorism are part and parcel of the Islamic religion, traceable to its root sources at...
Dr. ‘Abd al-Mu‘ṭī Bayyūmī discusses the thorny issue of Muslim and non-Muslim relations as articulated in the Qur’ān, casting light on the important verse of “No compulsion in religion.”
In a series of articles published by al-Ahrām newspaper, Dr. Ahmad al- Tayyib, the president of the Azhar University, analyses Pope Benedict XVI’s speech of September 12, 2006.
The author argues that the concept of jihad does exist in Christianity and Judaism as it exists in Islam. She even tries to give the impression that jihad in the sense of killing and violence is not the basic form of Jihad in Islam while it is as such in Christianity and Judaism.
Some Western thinkers believe that the conflict between Islam and the West is mainly a civilization-related conflict due to the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunna and because Islam obliges Muslims to practice jihad against non-Muslims. That is why the West adopts an attitude of hatred and bigotry...
Dr. Abd Al-Mo’ti Bayoumi, dean of the Faculty of the Religion’s Origins (’usul el-Din), claimed that the Hegri Calendar is not Islamic. But Dr. Mohammed Ra’fat said that the Muslims are ordered to use the Hegri Calendar because Islam has determined a lot of things according to it.
Destour published a text of extremists calling for the death of three Coptic businessmen which led to the subsequent closure of the newspaper and a discussion in the Egyptian press on the (limits of the) freedom of the press. In this week’s translation only the text of the statement of the...
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